Mt Duneed Estate – Alana & Daniel

Not even the cool and overcast weather could dampen a beautiful beachside ceremony for Alana and Daniel. Braving the wind, the surf coast locals exchanged vows at Barwon Heads Beach in front of 160 guests with formalities lead by senior ministers Bram and Dianna Manusama.
Following the ceremony, Alana and Daniel were lead by talented photographers Mikala Robinson Koss and Jesse Hunter of All the Love in the World to some nearby locations for some amazing photographs.
The Bride’s stunning dress featuring elegant lace and beading was from well known Melbourne Designer Mariana Hardwick.
A feature of the day was the fun, retro inspired wedding Kombi from Klassy Kombies which provided several laughs for the Bridal Party and was a talking point amongst guests.
When guests arrived at The Hill Winery for the dinner celebrations they were greeted by these cute flags, handmade by the Mother of the Bride and adding a personal touch to the venue.
The Cellar Door at The Hill was transformed into an amazing banquet reception, beautifully decorated by Amanda Flynn of Smellies Florist and complimented by spectacular festoon lighting from Solution Red.
 The Bride & Groom take to the microphone for a few formalities.
Guests dined on one of two mouth watering main course dishes of grain fed beef eye fillet, creamed parsnip, sautéed baby spinach, sticky balsamic shallots and finished shiraz jus.
Live music earlier on in the night was then replaced by DJ Francis Ware who opened the dance floor with the Bride and Groom’s first dance.
Guests enjoyed this four tiered wedding cake for dessert later in the light, along with a selection of cheeses before hitting the dance floor until late into the night.

Gardens House – Fionna & Aaron

Gardens House, privately located in the surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, yet again set the scene for a gorgeous summer wedding. Our stunning couple, Fionna & Aaron, held their ceremony in a cool, shady nook on the back lawn of the property with the ever professional Steve Mason officiating.
The bride arrived in her own vintage car which fitted in perfectly with the theme of the wedding, the colour of the car event matching the bridesmaids dresses.
Guests were able to help themselves to a refreshing mocktail on arrival, for which the gorgeous vintage cart was provided by the talented team at The Style Co who did a brilliant job on the overall styling.
 
Once the ceremony had concluded, the drinks cart was moved to the front lawn and later became the setting for the wedding cake.
All of the wedding flowers for
this spectacular occasion were provided by The
Style Co
’s floristry team.
La Mauvaise Reputation provided live music for the ceremony.
The couple’s
beloved dog also made an appearing at the ceremony, acting as ring bearer on
the day
Time for a group photo!
 The couple share a glass of
champagne in the wedding car
 The bridal party celebrate with a traditional champagne toast.
This towering wedding cake,
covered in a delicious butter cream icing, was arranged by the Style Co
 
The rustic style bar suited the garden setting perfectly. 
The bride’s elegant wedding gown was courtesy of award winning, Fitzroy based Gwendolynne.
Festoon lights were a definite feature of the evening, helping to create a fantastic open air cocktail garden party reception.
This amazing festoon lighting looked spectacular once the sun had set. Guests were able to kick up their heels to sound of the band or relax on some casual style seating, hired in especially for the day.
Festoon lights were a definite feature of the evening, helping to create a fantastic open air cocktail garden party reception.
Guests were well into the swing of the night with the South City Blues Band taking care of the reception entertainment. The gorgeous Gardens House provided a fantastic back drop for the evening.

View this spectacular video produced by Diprose Media capturing all of the beautiful moments of this stunning day.

Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2014

1. SWEET TOOTH

The ever popular candy bar is still a huge hit at weddings across the globe and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. They’re a fantastic talking point and can be easily styled to match the theme of your reception, be it classic black tie, a colourful garden party or a modern twist of block colour. Candy bars are a fantastic alternative to the traditional bonbonniere and will be loved by your guests!

These delicious looking candy buffets are courtesy of The Candy Buffet Company
2. MEZZE GRAZING

Grazing plates and shared bowls are a fantastic alternative to the traditional plated menu. Guests are immediately are emerged into a much more sociable experience, being able trying a variety of dishes. It is a fantastic way to start a meal and can break the ice with guests who may be attending the wedding on their own. This sort of service can work brilliantly with long banquet style tables.

For a shared menu with a real wow factor for your guests why not consider our Rowland by Shane Delia menu options.
3. SAY CHEESE
Keep guests entertained and create lasting memories with great photos from portable photo booths. Polaroids provide instantaneous fun and capture precious moments throughout your special day. A collection of polaroids stuck into an album creates a fun alternative to a traditional guest book with guests able to leave messages of love for you under their happy snap. This is also a fantastic way to recall all of the fun moments from your day.
You can also transform wedding pictures taken from guests mobiles and share them with friends using Instagram’s filters or organise a professional photobooth with each guest able to take a copy of their photo with them as well as leave a copy for you in a customised book.
For an all inclusive photo booth package for your wedding contact In The Booth

4. ALL THAT JAZZ

With the recent resurgence of all things Art Deco, 1930’s inspired weddings are popping up everywhere. Not only are stationery and styling adding the “Gatsby” look to people’s wedding days but entertainment is also adding to the feel with swing bangs keeping guests on the dance floor long into the night. Brides opting for the 1930’s look are opting for vintage style head pieces rather than traditional veils.
5. FIT FOR A PRINCESS

Thanks to the likes of Kate Middleton’s stunning gown, brides are still opting for a more traditional look again this year. Lace, lace and more lace is making a huge comeback as well as the addition of three quarter sleeves to a once preferred strapless dress.
Photos courtesy of Gwendolynne.

Venue Shopping? Celebrate Your Day in Style

Let us help you! Peter Rowland has exclusive access to some of Melbourne’s most beautiful venues providing the perfect location for your reception.

Mt. Duneed Estate
Situated just outside Geelong, Mt. Duneed Estate is the perfect venue for a sit down dinner or cocktail wedding.
Overlooking acres of vineyards bask in the sun-dappled corners and lush open spaces of the estate, a perfect backdrop to stunning photo opportunities. While you have your photos taken, your guests can sample our bespoke wines from the sandstone patio, enjoying the peaceful views across the rolling vineyards.
Mt. Duneed Estate is easily accessible from Torquay or Geelong CBD providing the perfect opportunity to combine a stay and make your wedding a weekend to remember.
Port Melbourne Yacht Club 
 
The Port Melbourne Yacht Club, on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, showcases some of Melbourne’s best bay views. It impresses from every angle. The sailing boats framing the driveway invite guests to a space that hints of fun and freedom. The stunning, styled wave exterior reflects the heritage of the club and is striking when lit for evening weddings. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows flood the space with daylight and showcase spectacular views during the day or night.
This space can be decorated to suit your requirements. With modern, minimalist furnishings, a moveable bar and acoustically treated flooring Port Melbourne Yacht Club offers flexibility for both sit down or cocktail weddings. Outside, guests can soak up the sunlight on the large wooden deck moored against sliding glass doors. Launch your imagination at Port Melbourne Yacht Club. Relax and enjoy the ambience of this stylish venue.

Flemington – The Event Centre
The magnificent Event Centre offers a unique blend of historic atmosphere with contemporary venues.
Flemington’s highlights include acres of immaculately manicured lawns, an unparalleled view of the Melbourne skyline and one of the most famous rose gardens in the world. With a variety of event spaces and numerous breakout rooms, The Event Centre is ideal for conferences, meetings, product launches, trade shows and exhibitions.
The event space are ideal for your wedding, both cocktail and dinner events in several spaces with breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline and racetrack.
Rippon Lea Estate
Set in luxurious gardens, this National Trust listed property is an ideal location for your wedding. For decades, Rippon Lea has hosted extravagant events in all parts of the estate. Designed and built in 1868 it is a perfect example of 19th century luxury.
The mansion features elaborate furnishings, original artwork and detailed touches including embossed wallpaper and ornamental stained glass windows. Complete with chandeliers and a balustrade overlooking the dance floor, the Grand Ballroom is the ideal setting for stylish wedding celebrations. The picturesque gardens of the estate can hold functions for up to 2,500 people and are popular for wedding receptions. Your guests can lunch in the Apple Orchard, play croquet or wander leisurely through the picturesque gardens.
With history and charm, the mansion will impress all your guests.
National Gallery of Victoria International
Just a few minutes walk from the CBD, the Gallery is home to a collection of artworks that reflect many different styles and attracts thousands of visitors each winter for its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions. As a function space NGV International is truly unique.
Great Hall

The Great Hall features Leonard French’s stunning stained glass ceiling as the perfect backdrop for a memorable dinner or cocktail reception. Pre dinner drinks can be held in Federation Court, beneath the glass ceiling or on the Terrace overlooking the Grollo Equiset Garden.
Persimmon

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, Persimmon transforms from a highly regarded restaurant by day to a contemporary venue for wedding dinners and cocktail receptions. Overlooking the magnificent Grollo Equiset Garden, home to some of the Gallery’s most impressive sculptures, Persimmon is framed by a backdrop of the city skyline, creating an artistic and stylish setting. A private entry features a boardwalk from the gate to Persimmon’s entrance and the balcony and gardens provide the perfect location for ceremonies, formalities or pre-dinner drinks.
Melbourne Museum
 
Located in Carlton Gardens opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum offers a range of unique venues for meetings, functions and events. The Melbourne Museum’s award winning design displays an innovative combination of space, texture and shapes; from soaring glass walls to bold, bright columns – resulting in a contemporary venue that houses Australia’s most treasured history. Treetops is a light-filled purpose-built function room overlooking a living rainforest and opening onto an outdoor terrace – ideal for day conferences and evening functions.
The blank canvas of Touring Hall is ideal for displays, large events and exhibitions and can be recreated to suit your requirements. Melbourne Museum boasts eight main galleries with permanent collections such as Science & Life and The Melbourne Story featuring the Museum’s most popular object, Phar Lap. Each space offers a unique backdrop that can be brought to life to allow your guests to reconnect with history at this impressive, modern venue.
  
Gardens House
Gardens House is an elegant Georgian style two storey venue in the midst of beautifully maintained gardens. Built in 1856 Gardens House was previously home to the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is in immaculate condition and features original fittings such as elegant chandelier, furniture and interior decorations.
The ground floor includes the Garden Room and study, and stairway that leads to the first floor boardroom and large verandah overlooking the rear gardens. The front lawn can be used to accommodate a custom built marquee depending on your preference. Private and exclusive it surprises and delights every guest.

Revealed: The Reasons Behind Wedding Traditions

Did You Know…
Many brides and grooms still follow wedding day traditions often without the knowledge as to why they’re doing them. Well, we’re pleased to let you in on some old school secrets. Of course many traditions have now taken on new meanings and are done a little differently these days but we can tell you there was some reasoning behind it all.
Tossing the Bridal Bouquet
The old bridal bouquet toss is a tradition that started back in the UK where women used to try and rip off pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in the hope they could retain some of her good fortune in marriage. To escape from the crowds of frantic women, the bride would toss her bouquet, diverting the women’s attention to run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be next to marry.
 
Giving Away the Bride

A father giving his daughter away on her wedding day goes back to the days of arranged marriages. Daughters in those times were considered their father’s “property”. It was the father’s right to give his daughter to the groom, usually for a price. Nowadays this is seen as the father giving his blessing to his daughter’s marriage.
The Wedding Ring

Wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand goes back centuries to Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in that particular finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring has long been seen as a symbol eternal love.

The Best Man

Hundreds of years ago a man would kidnap a woman with the intention of marrying her. The best man would be prepared to fight for the groom if the family of the bride came to rescue her.This remains today, and the best man, like the maid/matron of honour is usually a sibling or best friend of the groom. Today, their role is obviously somewhat different to that mentioned above.
Bride on Groom’s Left

In old England times, Grooms often had to defend their brides. She would stand to the left of her groom so that his right arm was free to quickly reach for his sword if needed.
The Tiered Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions when the wedding cake was originally just an offering of fruit, nuts and honey to the Gods. It was thought the Gods would bless the marriage and grant good luck and happiness to the couple. As time passed the fruit and nuts turned to cakes and guests would bring small cakes to a wedding and stack them on top of each other. Eventually a French baker created a cake that involved small cakes layered on top of each other, known today as a tiered cake.

Wedding Bouquet

There are thought to be two reasons why this was done, the first to mask the smell of body odours. Yes, you read correctly! Back in the 15th century people bathed very infrequently, just once or twice a year in fact. Brides carried fragrant bunches of flowers in order to try and smell a little more impressive for their grooms.
The second theory is that during the times of the Plague, it is thought people held garlic, dill and other herbs over their mouths and noses in bit to avoid catching the disease. Survivors of the epidemic sought comfort in anything they thought could help them avoid falling ill. The herbs also represented renewal. Over time of course, brides sought more attractive and fragrant flowers to their bouquets and are now selected to match the bridesmaids dresses and/or colour scheme of the wedding.
The Bridal Veil

The bridal veil has long been a symbol of youth, modesty, and virginity and was used to ward off evil.
Bridesmaids

The bridal party is a tradition that has been around for centuries, its original purpose to fool evil spirits. The bride’s attendants dressed similarly to her in order to confuse any dangerous spirits that might be about. Today bridesmaids are there to support the bride in the stressful times during the wedding.
And something for your bridesmaids to consider next time you go shopping for their dresses – the earliest traditions suggest the bridesmaids dressed exactly like the bride in order to confuse the spirits and avoid them being fixated on the bride. That custom began to give way in the Victorian ages to bridesmaids dressing in white dresses but short veils, to emphasise the bride’s extravagant veil and train.

Port Melbourne Yacht Club – Kayla & Ben

The gorgeous Kayla and Ben celebrated their wedding with us at Port Melbourne Yacht Club earlier this year, after an elegant ceremony at 333 Collins Street.

A beautiful summer sunset provided a stunning backdrop for guests who enjoyed canapés and pre-dinner drinks on the large over-water deck. The bride and groom sipped on champagne as they mingled with their family and friends before moving inside for dinner.

The reception area was amazingly decorated by the talented Brett Currell with tables featuring vintage style arrangements on glass mirrored bases and elegant crystal tea light candles. The entrance area was also styled by Brett, featuring a vintage framed mirror in which the guest list was carefully written, accompanied by an elegant crystal arrangement.

The delicious three-tiered wedding cake by Ab Fab Cakes was offered with tea and coffee later on in the night.

Special thanks to talented Tania Savage of Savage Photography who captured the whole day and provided these stunning photographs.

Here are some photos of Kayla and Ben’s special day – another spectacular event by the Weddings team at Peter Rowland.

Beautiful vintage style arrangement

A flawless table display

Stunning photography by Tania Savage of Savage Photography